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Real Estate

Germantown Area  

One Bedroom Apt. Third Floor. 

Newly Renovated, quiet neighborhood,  near  transportation.  

$650 Monthly. 2 Months Security & First Month Rent (Section 8 Accepted)   

Call 215-380-0455

House for sale

For Sale: Beautifully renovated row home in East Mount Airy one block from Sedgwick Train Station. 3 bdr/ 1.5 baths. 

Everything new: gas

heater/central air; new wiring; new kitchen and bath; new oak

hardwood floors. Very friendly neighbors; many young families.


Move in ready. Call or text

Ellen at

215-264 -5589


Apt for rent

$495 plus utilities frist last and 1 month to move in.

Near 23 bus stop.

Please call 215-713-0346


2xx Berkley

1 bed room $700 a month plus utilities. Section 8, VA & other programs okay.

Please call 215-432-9369

till  8 pm


Small church seeking pastor in the Germantown area.

Please send resume to

P.0 BOX 48413

or call 215 844-8964

(Sundays 10-2)



2 bedroom house for rent. Garfield Street (Germantown & Wister),small clean, new carpet & paint.

$725 a month plus gas & electric. $2175 to move in.

Please call 215-659-5348


Buy Homes

All cash for your House.

Any area any condition.

Call 267-499-68447


Real Estate

One  Bedroom  Apt.

16xx East Duval  St.

Newly  Renovated , Near Transportation

$700 .00  dollars  monthly  plus  utilities



Germantown  /  East  Falls  

Rooms  for  Rent 

Wall to Wall carpet  

No Pets.

Washer & Dryer 

Near Super Market ($450  Monthly) 



Furnished Rooms

Clean & quiet, no drugs

private entrance

Call 267-988-5890


Garden Style

Apartment Complex

in Mt. Airy. Nice 1 & 2 Bedrooms 

Utilities included except for electric.

Leave message for

Court Rentals.



Want to Buy Real Estate



Any Condition

Private, Professional,

Personal Services. 

Call Brennan Properties



Germantown Area

64xx Musgrave St.

Spacious straight-through.

EIK, porch, more.


Call Marlene

Prudential Prime Real Estate




Newly  Decorated

One Bedroom  Apartment w/w  carpet, tiled  bathroom,  garbage disposal.

Off  street  parking,  No  Pets.

$595  plus  utilities

215-782-8030  EXT. 2


Gorgeous  2 bedroom  Apt.  2nd floor (Germantown Area).

Rent  $675.00  per month  includes (water), first & last month's rent plus one month's security.

Call 215-288-1615


Reduced $239,900

16XX E. Cliveden St. (19150)

Single Colonial-style home with gas range, beautiful hardwood floors, large EIK, 3 BR, 2 full baths, large master BR with large closets, full basement, secluded fenced-in yard, 2 patios, all appliances stay.

Take a look at the website:

Warner-Ball R/E

215-224-0300, Ext. 229

Elaine Carr: 215-260-1710



2 bedroom house for rent. Garfield Street (Germantown & Wister),small clean, new carpet & paint.

$700 a month plus gas & electric.

$2100 to move in.

Please call 215-659-5348


Ultra modern four & five bedroom houses for rent. Many to choose from.

Freshly painted. Hardwood floors. Washer & dryer hook ups. Close to

transportation and shopping. We accept all programs.

Call Coldwell Banker Realty One at


to set up an appointment to see.


House for Sale

Rent to Buy!

71XX Woolston Ave.

3 Bedrooms and 1 Bath.


Need $5000 to move in.

Newly renovated.



W. Mt. Airy

Large Beautiful 1 bedroom for rent,private entrance, must pay utilities, no smoking, no pets. Also newly renovated Furnished rooms for rent,private entrance,close to transportation,no smoking, no pets, utilities included.

Call 215-490-0620


For Rent

2nd floor, 1 Bedroom. Newly Renovated, Near Transportation.

Conveniently located.

($675) First & last Month + Security        

Call 267-226-4965 


Germantown/East  Falls   

Rooms for Rent

Wall to Wall carpet  

No Pets, No smoking! 

Washer  & Dryer

Near  Super Market  ($450 Monthly)  



Apartment For Rent

2xx Berkley, 1 bed room $700 a month plus utilities section 8, va & other programs ok.

Please Call 215-43-9369 till 8pm


Help Wanted

G’Town Restoration Corporation

Job Opening

Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Coordinator:

This position provides citizen advocacy and community engagement on behalf of the residents and communities within the greater Germantown Area. The position is responsible for organizing various activities and programs benefiting low to moderate income residents and community improvements.

For consideration submit resume and cover letter to:

Or mail to

G’Town Restoration Corporation

5539 Germantown Avenue

Phila., PA 19144

G’Town Restoration Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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May 12, 2015


Last night a New York bound Amtrak passenger train derailed in Northeast Philadelphia with all cars leaving the tracks with most on their sides or upside down and some literally shredded.

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May 9, 2015

The Legacy of Philadelphia Under Mayor Nutter: Silos of Self Protection (Or, Fooling Most of the people Most of the Time)

To read the summaries of the two terms in the mainstream Philadelphia press, and some of the blogs claiming insight into the “new Philadelphia”, one would be led to believe that outgoing Mayor Michael Nutter walked on water.  Using phrases like “integrity and ethics reform” over and over does not make it so. 

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The Independent Voice Endorsements Reflect the Need for a Fresh Vision Within a City Near Collapse

This newspaper has been focusing on Philadelphia city government issues with an investigative perspective and direct challenges to the standing government machine since our first issue in April, 2009.  With that perspective still our primary goal, we endorse independent Democrat Doug Oliver for Mayor and long serving and committed community activist Carol Jenkins for City Commissioner in the May 19 primary election.

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May 3, 2015

Institutional Racism: Revisiting the Issue

Racism Brings Federal Troops During World War II

August 1, 1944, was certainly among the darkest days in the history of the city that claims it is “The City of Brotherly Love”. For that day, less than two months after D-Day in World War II, the white union members of this city public transportation system went on a wildcat strike that at 4:00 p.m that shut down the entire transit system during the afternoon rush hour at a time when national gas rationing put almost everyone on public transit. The reason – the Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC) had trained 8 black employees to run streetcars in Germantown.

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April 24, 2015


Partners in shutdown of two major investigations by federal and city authorities into misuse of hundreds of millions in public and private funding

Read the expose in The Independent Voice that tells how the largest political fraud in recent Philadelphia history, using mostly federal  dollars, was uncovered by the FBI and City IG only to be squashed through senior level HUD influence and the assistance of the just elected mayor of Philadelphia.

Read more ...

April 23, 2015

Councilwoman Cindy Bass Takes Ethics Stand with Developers


April 23, 2015 - Just minutes ago 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass took a strident stand relative to what has long had the appearance of conflicts of interest in who steers the Boards of Directors of agencies that control the distribution of city owner properties.  The City of Philadelphia, through multiple agencies takes ownership of and redistributes/markets various parcels of land, both developed and undeveloped.  Philadelphia owns more property than any other city in the United States and much of it has been on their books generating no tax revenue for extended periods.  For many years the boards of these entities have been staffed by individuals appointed by the Mayor and others; who themselves and their companies may be conduits for the redistribution of this city property.  This bill, with stiff penalties, makes those appointments illegal and not in the public interest.

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April 6, 2015

None of the Above

That would be my response to the question of which Democratic Mayoral candidate I would want to take control of this city after Michael Nutter’s term ends.

If you read and listen to most of the superficial propaganda about the Nutter years, you might actually believe we were being guided by a champion of ethics reform and good judgment. In fact, he was a caretaker for complacency at best and in some areas, like Licenses and Inspections. He intentionally downgrades he with duplicitous behavior that led to tragedies and deaths. Those practices cost us multi-millions in back door settlements. We have yet to learn the costs from the seven deaths in the Salvation Army collapse.

Read more ...

From Reform To Ruin: The History of Philadelphia's Democratic Party

The Early Reform Years 1937-1951

While even most old timers will tell you the efforts to influence change and reform into what had been described as the most corrupt city government in the nation began after World War II, it actually started before the war on the coattails of Roosevelt’s 1936 second election when a Democratic Governor by the name of Earle took office.  Earle served from 1936 to 1939 when Republicans took back the seat.

Read more ...

April 6, 2015

A Blast from the Past

A little more than a year ago The Independent Voice expressed concerns over the direction Mayor Nutter was headed. Nothing has changed for the better.

Jim Foster's observations and the Mayor's office's response follows.

Read more ...


Classic Cars for Sale

1974 MGB Roadster

Restored from excellent original.

Garage kept, used summers only


1989 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Fully optioned, everything working. Leather interior,

new vinyl roof.  Florida car with no winter use.

52,000 miles.


Call Jim 215-438-5171


March 27, 2015

Michael "the Mortician" Nutter Buries Major Investigation in First So-called "Ethics" Appointments

It was only days after his November 6, 2007, election when Mayor elect Nutter announced the first of his claimed reform government measures with two appointments.  He creates his first of many “czars” with the new Chief Integrity Office and the appointment of Joan Markman, but also replaces the serving Inspector General right away with Amy Kurland.

The then serving Inspector General was our current District Attorney Seth Williams, and while he would have had to eventually resign to run for that office later, there was no urgency for him to be replaced at that early moment.  In point of fact, Seth Williams had breathed new life into a city agency that had itself been plagued with patronage and nonperformance.

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$$$$ CASH PAID $$$$


Up to $1,100 for car with bad engine.

$500 Cash for Any Complete Car With or Without Title

Notary Service Available 

Call 215-669-1000

Ming Self Storage

will be holding a public auction to satisfy an owner’s lien by competitive bidding on

Thursday, May 28, 2015, @ 12 Noon at

Germantown Ming Self Storage:

Tenant, Unit

Kenneth Wood A030

Jonathan Jenkns B2043

Carmen Robinson A 062

Ming @ Northern Liberties:

Tenant, Unit


Payments must be made in cash.

We reserve the right to refuse any and all bids.

4663 Stenton Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 

215-848-0719 Office.